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July 8, 2002|
National Cancer Institute Pulls Inaccurate Web Page on ABC/Link |
In a statement issued July 2 by the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, Karen Malec, president of the group said "We're delighted that the National Cancer Institute has pulled its web page discussing the abortion-breast cancer link. The web page misinformed women about research paid for by U.S. taxpayers and even contained lies about the findings reported in the medical literature." The National Cancer Institute has ignored the fact that 28 out of 37studies worldwide and 13 of 15 American studies report an elevated risk for breast cancer among women who have had an induced abortion. Mrs. Malec pointed out that last month, 28 Members of Congress sent a letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson requesting a review of the NCI's fact sheet and calling its information "scientifically inaccurate and misleading to the public." They asked Secretary Thompson to check the web page "for accuracy and bias" and to take it down until after conclusion of the review.
"People usually change their minds," Dr. Susan Tolle, director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health and Science University, said in a telephone interview. "The doctors are never taught in medical school what to do, what to say, how to help people with the fears that led to their request." Dr. Tolle explained, "What a doctor needs to do is take a deep breath and say ‘Why do you ask?' rather than indicating either that you are willing to participate or that you are unwilling to participate." "The doctor should ask, ‘ What are you afraid of? What are you worried about?, '" she advised. (Reuters, 7/2/2002)
[Thanks to The Pro-Life Infonet for bringing the two previous articles to our attention]
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) receives an estimated $60 million a year in taxpayer money for so-called family planning activities. While PPFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is forbidden from using those funds for political advocacy, those very monies free up funds derived from other sources for use in trying to elect pro-abortion candidates or defeat those who are pro-life.
De-funding Planned Parenthood should be a top priority for the Bush administration and for the Republican congressional leadership if for no other reason than it makes good political sense. As long as they keep feeding Planned Parenthood, it will bite them at every campaign opportunity.
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